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History and Preservation

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Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust

Posted about 7 months ago by kathryn Coker
In 1979, Congress designated the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH), an annual 8-day commemoration with tributes and special educational programs to help us remember and learn […]
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AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATOR AND ACTIVIST: NANNIE HELEN BURROUGHS

Posted about 7 months ago by kathryn Coker
Another trailblazing woman I discovered recently is Nannie Helen Burroughs, an educator, orator, religious leader, civil rights activist, feminist and businesswoman from Orange, Virginia. Why Remember This Native Virginian? Burroughs […]
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Jailed For Freedom: Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse

Posted about 8 months ago by kathryn Coker
Lorton, Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse,built in 1910 and originally used to hold prisoners completing short sentences for offenses like disorderly conduct, played a key role in women’s suffrage history. National Woman’s […]
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Black Suffragists and Activists: Addie Waites Hunton

Posted about 8 months ago by kathryn Coker
In preparation for Black History Month, I did a little research and uncovered some fascinating people like Addie Waites Hunton, an African American suffragist, activist, writer, political organizer, and educator.   […]
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BILL OF RIGHTS DAY

Posted about 10 months ago by kathryn Coker
Presidential Proclamation On November 27, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating  December 15 as Bill of Rights Day. The proclamation read in part: The first ten amendments, […]
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Commemorating Native American Heritage Month

Posted about 11 months ago by kathryn Coker
Part II: Virginia’s Native Americans Virginia’s Earliest Inhabitants Virginia’s earliest inhabitants were hunters and gatherers who tracked the migratory patterns of animals. In time, they formed towns along riverbanks and sketched […]
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Contact Tracing & Your Rights – Part 1

Posted about 11 months ago by Meldon Jenkins-Jones
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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: PART 1

Posted about 11 months ago by kathryn Coker
National American Indian Heritage Month Designation  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution authorizing November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. Comparable proclamations, under various […]
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Interning at the RPL: 1970’s Film and Historical Trends in the Archives

Posted about 12 months ago by Natalie Draper
Guest Post by Stephanie Campbell, VCU student and Main Library Intern When given the choice between finishing my Bachelor’s degree in history at VCU with either a CAPStone research paper […]
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Latino Voter Suppression: A Brief Look

Posted about 12 months ago by kathryn Coker
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